Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson is fully on the chopping block, and he comes with a massive buyer-beware sticker. I mean, how many 27-year-old wide receivers coming off of a season with over 80 catches and 1,300 yards get traded in the offseason without a significant cause? Jackson is a premier playmaker who had the best year of his career last season and fits the Eagles scheme perfectly, so their massive desire to get rid of him is an even bigger red flag.
I can’t see anyone dealing for Jackson and trading a high draft pick for him, because he will make $30 million over the next three seasons and expressed concern regarding his contract (he wants guaranteed cash). There will be plenty of interest in Jackson on the free agent market because he’s just that good, but I hope teams tread cautiously with him.
The San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks have shown interest in him, even if they have done their best to downplay that interest. Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio reports that the 49ers are in fact “very interested” in Jackson, and he would definitely be a big-time addition for Trent Baalke. There may be some concerns about how D-Jax would react back in the Bay Area, but there’s no doubt that he would make sense if he is affordable enough. Price is the key factor, because the 49ers already have Michael Crabtree, Anquan Boldin, and Vernon Davis locked in. But none of those three guys stretch the field quite like Jackson, who would give the strong-armed Colin Kaepernick a truly dynamic downfield weapon.